Pittsburgh Opera To Present Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’

By Nicole Kuchta

Pittsburgh Opera will close its 80th season with a 1950s Hollywood-style production of Gaetano Donizetti’s comedy “Don Pasquale,” directed by Chuck Hudson.

This production will be a “Hollywood retrospective with a focus on The Silent Film Era and the Golden Years of the 1950s,” according to the press release. A plethora of classic films will be referenced throughout the production, including “Sunset Boulevard,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Auntie Mame,” “Pleasantville,” “Ed Wood,” “Dracula,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Director Hudson will bring knowledge acquired from comedy master Marcel Marceau about comic timing, style, and technique to this production.

Kevin Glavin will star in the title role alongside star soprano Lisette Oropesa as Norina, Javier Abreu as Ernesto, and Joshua Hopkins as Malatesta. Gary Wedow will conduct.

A series of events will precede/follow the performances, including: a free April Brown Bag concert; Opera Up Close: Don Pasquale; Don Pasquale Previews on WQED-FM 89.3 and WQED.ORG; Pittsburgh Opera New Guard opening night lounge; Audio Commentary: Don Pasquale; and Meet the Artists of Don Pasquale.

Performances will be held at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Pittsburgh and are set to run from April 27 to May 5.